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Researchers: Processed meat associated with higher risk of breast cancer

Researchers: Processed meat associated with higher risk of breast cancer (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There are now more reasons than ever to continue to eat a plant-based diet, especially when it comes to breast cancer.

Researchers studying breast cancer risk in the European Journal of Cancer looked at more than 260,000 women, ages 40 to 69. They were part of a large data bank called the “UK Biobank.”

Researchers found women who ate nine grams of “processed meat” were at a 21 percent higher risk of breast cancer, compared to those with the lowest intake of processed meats, which can be as little as two sausage links.

The study did not find an association between red meat and cancer risk-only “processed meats.” There was also no association between consumption of red meat and breast cancer risk.

The results remained true for the processed meats and not the red meats, even when researchers adjusted for other factors, such as lifestyle and weight.

Processed meats are things such as sausage and salami. Red meats are steaks and ground beef.

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